RB Bilal Powell, New York Jets

HT: 5-11, WT: 207, Born: 10-27-1988, College: Louisville, Drafted: Round 4

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2014 Projections

David Dodds16.045.01804.01.016.01237.70.036
Bob Henry16.030.01103.70.05.0408.00.015
Jason Wood16.040.01604.00.010.0808.00.024
Maurile Tremblay16.037.01524.11.018.01367.60.035


Bilal Powell does everything fine, but nothing exceptionally in the backfield. He can run between the tackles, catch the ball, break the odd big run - but none of it all the time. Which is why the team brought in Chris Ivory last year and Chris Johnson this year. Ivory is often hurt, so you can expect to see Powell sometime in the 2014 season, though in reduced roll as we expect the majority of carries to go Johnson's way. Powell then has minimal value for fantasy in general and bye week value if something happens to Ivory. If both Johnson and Ivory go down, aside from causing Jets fans to break their televisions, the result would be Powell getting the full load, which he can handle. But even then, his worth is likely no more than a low-end RB3.

2014 Schedule

1 Oakland Raiders
2at Green Bay Packers
3 Chicago Bears
4 Detroit Lions
5at San Diego Chargers
6 Denver Broncos
7at New England Patriots
8 Buffalo Bills
9at Kansas City Chiefs
10 Pittsburgh Steelers
Bye week
12at Buffalo Bills
13 Miami Dolphins
14at Minnesota Vikings
15at Tennessee Titans
16 New England Patriots
17at Miami Dolphins

2013 Game Summaries

Week 1 - Bilal Powell did not have much success against Tampa Bay’s stout run defense. The Jet primarily ran one-back formations, but without the aid of a lead blocker, running lanes were quickly closed. Powell was the lead ‘Wildcat’ running back, but this formation failed to consistently produce positive plays. Towards the end of the game, Powell fumbled after taking a big hit from Dashon Goldson. Luckily, Stephen Hill recovered the fumble. While Powell wasn’t successful as an interior runner, he found some success on the edges as a receiver. Marty Mornhinweg called several designed screen passes to help Smith develop some rhythm and Powell was the main beneficiary. Powell displayed good vision and wiggle in the open field as he made defenders miss. During the fourth quarter, Powell showcased his talent by picking up 15 yards on a screen pass during a critical drive that led to the go-ahead field goal. The Jets set-up screen plays for both Powell and Chris Ivory, but Powell has superior hands and proved he is more skilled as a check-down target.

Week 2 - Bilal Powell isn’t flashy or exciting to watch, but his multi-faceted skill set and pass blocking ability makes him a valuable asset for a rookie quarterback. Powell won’t rip off any huge runs, but his vision is good enough to consistently pick up three or four yards per play. Powell served as Smith’s check down and was the beneficiary of a short, three-yard touchdown run. During the third quarter, Powell caught a quick screen pass, made Aqib Talib miss on an open field tackle, and propelled himself forward for a 12-yard gain. Three plays later, Powell’s number was called again and he converted a short three-yard touchdown run. Vladimir Ducasse absolutely mauled Vince Wilfork on the play and Powell waltzed into the end zone behind his block. Ducasse has done an excellent job against tough opponents on Tampa Bay (Gerald McCoy) and New England (Wilfork). If Ducasse and his fellow offensive linemen continue to run block with power and tenacity instead of fighting with opposing players, more rushing touchdowns will come. It’s worth watching the news to see whether Nick Mangold or D’Brickashaw Ferguson is suspended for Week 3 due to their fight at the end of the game.

Week 4 - With both Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson nursing injuries, Bilal Powell was New York’s featured running back. During the first half, Powell was very effective between the tackles and was utilized as Smith’s check down. New York’s offensive line did not turn in its best performance, but Powell was shifty enough to pick-up extra yardage as holes closed quickly. Powell’s longest run went for 12 yards so he spent the majority of the game grinding between the tackles for three or four yard gains. Early on, New York intended to set offensive tempo by leaning on Powell, but after Smith threw his first interception, Powell became a secondary option as Tennessee jumped out to a big lead. Powell has great hands and exceptional open field vision, so the Jets opted to feature him more on the edges as a receiver. Midway through the second quarter, Powell turned in his best catch and run of the season; a 36-yard gain on a screen pass. After catching a short dump off from Smith, Powell showed some open field wiggle by making the first tackler miss. Powell showed impressive field awareness by cutting across the field into open space for the large gain. Powell delivered a nasty stiff arm to Griffin as he finished off the run. New York’s offense did not make any trips into the red zone, so Powell did not have any scoring chances.

Week 5 - Bilal Powell’s stat line seems disappointing, but his performance was once again solid. Both Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson were active and saw touches, but Powell played nearly every snap during the 4th quarter. New York opted to utilize Wildcat packages early in the game and Powell took a few snaps as the read option, Wildcat quarterback. Mornhinweg also deployed a ‘Full House’ backfield looks where all three running backs were in the backfield at once. Powell ran hard between the tackles and played during critical 4th quarter snaps. During the game winning drive, Powell picked up 10 yards on two carries to firmly put Nick Folk in field goal range. Powell was not as active in the screen game, but that was a product of game planning rather than opportunity.

Week 6 - Powell started the game and earned most of his touches during the first quarter, amassing 38 of his 50 total yards. Powell took two direct snaps in the Wildcat formation, but had trouble generating positive yardage. Midway through the first quarter, Powell earned two carries inside Pittsburgh’s 7-yard line, but failed to hit pay dirt. Powell was stuffed on a 3rd-and-1 carry from Pittsburgh’s 2-yard line for no gain. Even though he didn’t convert the scoring attempts, it was encouraging to see him receive the opportunities. Marty Mornhinweg opted to use Powell on the edges as a receiver and had some early success, but stopped throwing screen passes as New York attempted to mount a second half comeback. Powell left midway through the third quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return. After the game, Powell stated that the injury was minor and he should play next week against New England.

Week 7 - Bilal Powell started the game, but was quickly replaced by a rejuvenated Chris Ivory. Powell did not look explosive and was quickly bottled up by New England’s defenders. After the game, Rex Ryan stated that Powell was not injured and the team simply rode Ivory’s hot hand, which may lead to frustration on a weekly basis.

Week 8 - Bilal Powell started the game, but found little success running against Cincinnati’s stout front Seven 7. Powell was quickly bottled up at the line of scrimmage and was quickly tracked down when he got to the edges. Powell resumed his role as Smith’s check down and was able to earn a few small gains. Powell was an afterthought during last week’s win against New England, but it was encouraging to see some carries this week. Overall, the offensive line struggled and the large early deficit made it nearly impossible to establish the run.

Week 9 - Chris Ivory was clearly the focal point of the offense, so Powell was relegated to a secondary role. Powell did not take his first carry until the second quarter and played as Ivory’s backup. New York’s game plan was centered on a physical ground game against New Orleans’ generous Front 7, so Powell’s opportunities were very limited. Early in the fourth quarter, Powell ripped off an impressive 20-yard run off left tackle, but the play was called due to holding. New York’s game plan was extremely conservative and Powell did not record a reception for the first time all season.

Week 11 - Bilal Powell has settled into a change of pace, third down back role within New York’s offense. Powell only received three first half touches, including a 10-yard run off right tackle. The Jets trailed by at least 13 points during the second half, but surprisingly, Powell was used sparingly. Geno Smith threw a quick shovel pass to Powell inside Buffalo’s 5-yard line, but Powell was unable to find the end zone. New York called Ivory’s number on the next play and he scored from 1-yard out.

Week 12 - Bilal Powell had a team high three catches for 24 yards, which isn’t an encouraging sign for the passing attack. Early in the game, Powell and Chris Ivory alternated snaps, but found little success against Baltimore’s front seven. Powell had just five total yards in the first half. Chris Ivory injured his ankle early in the third quarter, so Powell assumed full-time duties for the reminder of the game. Midway through the third quarter, D’Brickashaw Ferguson’s block sprung Powell for a game-high 17-yard rush. As a receiver, Powell did his damage late in the fourth quarter, securing three passes for 22 yards.

Week 13 - Alike Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell was used sparingly during the first, taking just two carries for five yards. With Matt Simms in the game, New York called Powell’s number more frequently. In the third quarter, Powell turned three straight carries into 22 yards. However, Powell and Simms did not successfully exchange the ball on Powell’s fourth carry and he fumbled the ball away. This turnover killed the drive’s momentum and effectively ended any hopes of a comeback. Powell was used as a check down option during the fourth quarter and amassed three catches for 25 yards.

Week 14 - Bilal Powell was primarily used on third downs and in change of pace situations. Oakland did a nice job of stuffing Powell’s inside runs. Late in the third quarter, New York called Powell’s number on a 3rd-and-9 and he picked up 24 yards on a designed screen play. Powell displayed his vision and burst into the open field as he made the first defender miss. Powell’s big play led to a Nick Folk field goal.

Week 15 - Alike his backfield teammate, Bilal Powell had a lot of success against Carolina’s tough run defense. Powell ran tough between the tackles and mid-way through the second quarter, Powell took a shotgun snap and ran up the middle for 15 yards. Outside of this run, Powell was mainly utilized in third down situations where he would catch check down passes. Mid-way through the third quarter, Powell caught a designed screen pass and accelerated into Carolina territory for a 13-yard gain.

Week 16 - Bilal Powell started the game, but he was once again primarily used as a third-down back. On the first play on the game, Powell set-up a designed screen play and ran untouched for a 27-yard gain. However, the play was called back due to a Kellen Winslow holding penalty. Powell was utilized as New York’s Wildcat running back, but the package was once again highly ineffective as Powell took two direct snaps for a loss of 13 yards. Before halftime, Powell delivered his longest play in recent memory, busting a 39-yard gain on a trap play. This play put his team in Cleveland’s territory and two Geno Smith runs set-up Nick Folk’s field goal right before halftime. After halftime, Powell was used exclusively on passing downs, catching short dump offs for minimal gains.

Week 17 - Bilal Powell became New York’s featured runner after Chris Ivory left early in the second quarter with broken ribs and a hip pointer injury. During the first half, Powell did not have any big runs and was replaced by defensive tackle, Sheldon Richardson in goal line situations. Richardson vultured a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Powell amassed 17 touches in the second half, which included a 30-yard completion to Jeff Cumberland in the Wildcat package. Powell had a long run of 13 yards where he ran off Nick Mangold’s block for the first down. New York led for the majority of the game so Powell did not receive his normal dose of check down passes. Powell finished the season with approximately 900 total yards and one touchdown.